SF Chronicle Blames Breitbart for Drawing Media's Attention to Border Crisis

The San Francisco Chronicle has blamed Breitbart News for drawing the national media's attention to the crisis of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the southern border by the tens of thousands. 

In an op-ed published by the Chronicle Wednesday calling for "a more humane immigration policy," David Bacon blamed Breitbart's exposé for creating the impression that children were being sent to the U.S. in anticipation of being allowed to stay.

Bacon correctly noted that Breitbart News broke the story of the conditions in which the children were being held by U.S. Border Patrol, and singled out Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas for credit--and calumny:

This coverage began when a website, breitbart.com, published photographs leaked from the Border Patrol and guards in detention centers, showing immigrant children packed together like animals....

The original breitbart.com story was written by Brandon Darby, a former FBI informant turned blogger.

Bacon went on to describe how Darby's scoop was picked up by "anti-immigrant" bloggers, then worked its way up the political chain to Republican governors and members of Congress. 

The op-ed failed, however, to note that the Breitbart story was also picked up by the left-wing Huffington Post, which led with Darby's images on June 6. Other mainstream media outlets, both print and electronic, also followed up Breitbart's story.

Photo: Eric Risberg/AP

This article has been corrected to reflect the fact that the Chronicle article was an op-ed, not an editorial.


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